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STAR OF DAVID: An author has used statistical analysis to predict that Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers will retire as the third-greatest Jewish baseball player ever

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“Third base is a paradox for the Jewish people,” according to Megdal’s The Baseball Talmud. “Given the lack of Jewish players at the position, you’d think the bag was made of pork.”

“That’s pretty funny,” Braun said in an interview when read the excerpt. Rather than Kosher considerations, he suggested that the inactivity and tendency for short hops at third base were the reasons he struggled there for a season before being moved to left field.

Megdal predicts that Braun will retire as the third-greatest Jewish player, with Kinsler and Youkilis also making the top 10.

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